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Wasting time

Day 29: Time

Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

Ephesians 5:15-16
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The Clock is Ticking

I find that the less time I have, the more efficient I am. For example, when my kids are in school all day, I get relatively little done around the house. But when they had VBS a few weeks ago for two hours each morning, boy howdy, did I get stuff done. I accomplished more in those few hours each day than I normally do in an entire week. Since I knew I’d have the house mostly to myself, I planned ahead for the “big chores” like steam mopping and cleaning the garage and using a shop vac on the van. I made the most of the time and cut out other distractions to finish what I needed to do, knowing that I had a fixed amount of time. Same holds true for the vacation we just had going “back home.” Living 1300 miles away, we can’t just go there for a weekend. It’s a huge ordeal to get back, so I had to plan ahead to make sure I saw everyone I wanted to see and go everywhere I wanted to go. We basically had to pack an entire summer into 9 days, so we made the most of every moment. After all, the clock was ticking.

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Stop, Thief!

Take a trip back in time with me to Confirmation class. Remember memorizing the Ten Commandments? Then say the Seventh Commandment with me: You shall not steal. What does this mean? We should fear, love, and trust in God so that we do not take our neighbor’s money or possessions, or get them in any dishonest way, but help him to improve and protect his possessions and income. Excellent! Now that we’ve all quoted that, we can give ourselves a mental pat on the back, because we know better than to steal, don’t we? We would never stoop to stealing. It’s wrong, and we know that. Or do we?

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